Three Bruin Basketball Players Honored By Pac-10 Conference
March 11, 2009
Sophomore guard Doreena Campbell (Alexandria, VA/Thomas A. Edison HS) earned second-team All-Pac-10 Conference honors, while junior guard Erica Tukiainen (Los Angeles, CA/Windward School) was named to the honorable mention team. In addition, freshman forward Atonye Nyingifa (Torrance, CA/Redondo Union HS) earned first-team Pac-10 All-Freshman acclaim.
Campbell, who was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection a year ago as a freshman, is UCLA's leading scorer and the No. 10 scorer in the Pac-10 with a 13.3 points per game average. She also ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in assists (3.8), fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.3), sixth in free throw percentage (.817) and ninth in steals (1.5). She has led the Bruins in scoring in 15 games and has five 20-point games this season.
Bruin team captain Tukiainen has had her finest season to date, ranking second on the team in scoring with a 8.6 points per game average, first in three-point shots made with 27 and second in blocked shots with 12. Tukiainen has led the Bruins in scoring in five games, with 11 double-digit outputs. She has two 20-point games this year, including a career-best 25 in the upset win over No. 4 Cal.
Nyingifa came on strong during Pac-10 play, averaging 6.9 points and a team-best 5.9 rebounds per game with 26 steals during conference play. She has started in 14 consecutive games and played in all 29. Nyingifa has posted eight double-figure scoring games and three double-figure rebounding games and has earned team-high rebound honors seven times, second-most on the team.
Stanford's Jayne Appel was named the Player of the Year, and USC's Briana Gilbreath earned Freshman of the Year honors. Earning honors for the second consecutive year were Arizona State's Briann January as Defensive Player of the Year and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer as Coach of the Year.
2008-09 ALL-PAC-10 TEAMS
HONORABLE MENTION (receiving at least one point): April Cook (WSU, Fr., G); Sybil Dosty (ASU, Sr., C); Mercedes Fox-Griffin (OSU, Sr., G); Taylor Lilley (ORE, Jr., G); Amina Njonkou (ARIZ, Sr., F); Nadia Parker (USC, Sr., C); Jazmine Perkins (WSU, Fr., G); Talisa Rhea (OSU, So., G); Erica Tukiainen (UCLA, Jr., G); Natasha Vital (CAL, Jr., G); Sami Whitcomb (WASH, Jr., G/F).
2008-09 PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
HONORABLE MENTION (receiving at least one point): April Cook (WSU, G); Ashley Corral (USC, G); Jasmin Holliday (ORE, F); Amanda Johnson (ORE, F); Kristi Kingma (WASH, G/F).
2008-09 ALL- DEFENSIVE TEAM
Pac-10 Player of the Year: Jayne Appel, STAN
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